Access

Keeping waterways clean and open to boaters is an important goal of the recreational marine industry. Individually and as members of trade organizations, marine businesses push for the enactment of fair rules and regulations governing use of the nation's rivers, lakes, streams and ocean waters.

Volunteers sought for Northeast boater survey

The organizers of a Northeastern boating study are looking for volunteers to help determine how waterways are being used and the economic contribution of boating to the region. SeaPlan is partnering with the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management, the Northeast Regional Ocean Council, the boating industry, the University of Massachusetts and other state coastal…more

Trade group promotes Massachusetts referral program

The Massachusetts Marine Trades Association is encouraging seaside marinas to participate in the Stay Local Boat MA Transient Referral Program. The reciprocal program, launched in 2009, encourages seasonal guests to visit participating destination marinas in exchange for reduced transient dockage rates. For $50 to $200, participating marinas are given a discount card to hand to…more

House passes sportsmen’s rights bill

The U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday passed H.R. 4089, the Sportsmen’s Heritage Act of 2012, by a vote of 274-146. Specifically, the bill: • Supports access for hunting and fishing on public lands. By implementing an “open until closed” management policy, it protects sportsmen from arbitrary efforts by the federal government to block public lands…more

Chesapeake sailing guide expands its focus

Start Sailing Now, the free new sailor guide created by SpinSheet, widened its outreach beyond the Chesapeake Bay area to new sailors all over the country. “As a regional publication we tend to focus on sailors in Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and nearby states,” editor Molly Winans said in a statement. “We were pleasantly surprised…more

Senate passes bill with fishing and boating trust fund

The Senate passed its version of the highway bill and it contains a straight reauthorization for the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund, the National Marine Manufacturers Association reported. “However, the House is struggling to bring its version of the highway bill to the floor and it is very possible that they will not…more

Fishermen’s rally calls for Magnuson-Stevens reform

WASHINGTON — About 2,000 recreational and commercial fishermen, and business owners that provide for these industries, gathered Wednesday afternoon near the U.S. Capitol to call for reforms to the Magnuson-Stevens Act and allow for more flexibility and better scientific methods when setting catch limits. About two dozen politicians — Democrats and Republicans — took to…more

National Safe Boating Council plans close-quarters training

The National Safe Boating Council is offering an instructor’s course in close-quarters boat control that is designed to address growing needs among professionals, volunteer groups and those who teach programs to the recreational boating public. The training will be held at five locations during the next several months. “This course is ideal for professionals and…more

New Jersey proposes revision to waterway access rules

After considering numerous public comments, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Monday formally proposed amended “common-sense” rules to improve and enhance public access to New Jersey’s beaches, bays and waterways, DEP commissioner Bob Martin announced. In particular, the DEP proposed changes that provide greater public access for fishermen across the state, enhanced opportunities for…more

Dredging set to start on South Florida canal

Dredging begins next month on the Dania Cutoff Canal and that could mean more money coming into South Florida. After nearly 15 years of planning and permitting, the $6.5 million yearlong project will deepen the canal’s water to allow massive megayachts passage to inland shipyards. There they will undergo service jobs that could last weeks…more

Government funds aimed at Lake Erie improvements

Federal and state lawmakers recently announced $2 million in new federal resources to help protect Lake Erie. The funds will be used to help farmers in designated parts of Ohio, Michigan and Indiana prevent phosphorus from entering Western Lake Erie Basin waterways. The announcement is part of an effort to improve water quality and support…more

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